£500,000 Donations Flow into Cumbria Flood Appeal

£500,000 Donations Flow into Cumbria Flood Appeal
Main Street, Cockermouth

Main Street, Cockermouth

Money has continued to flow into the recently launched Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal to support people in need following Storm Desmond’s destruction across the county.

In less than three days, Cumbria Community Foundation has so far raised half a million pounds, thanks to a £50,000 donation from Nuclear Management Partners.

NMP General Manager, Iain Irving said “It has been devastating to see the damage done yet again to our community over the last few days. We are more than happy to do what we can to help and are pleased to be co-ordinating our efforts once again via Cumbria Community Foundation. We hope that our donation will help to bring immediate assistance to those most in need, while Sellafield will continue to provide longer term recovery assistance beyond the term of our contract.

“This donation allows us to make significant funds available in the crucial early stages of the recovery programme.”

In total, NMP has invested around £25m to the West Cumbrian community since 2008.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We are delighted that NMP and its parent companies, Aecom, Amec Foster Wheeler and Areva have made this donation, even though they have only a few months left on their contract at Sellafield.

“NMP has been a great supporter of the Community Foundation during its time at Sellafield, donating over £3 million to the charities and individuals funded via CCF.

“The Appeal continues to grow. Donations from kind individuals and businesses mean we will be able to help people get their lives back on track sooner rather than later.”

The fund will focus on providing money for individuals and families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the floods, but the appeal will also be raising money for voluntary and community organisations that are spearheading the relief work.

If you would like to donate to the appeal, you can do so via the Foundation’s website www.cumbriafoundation.org alternatively, cheques made payable to Cumbria Community Foundation can be sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN. You can also donate via text message. Send a text to 70070 with the message ‘FLUD15’ and a monetary amount. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10’

Anyone wanting information about the appeal and who and what will be eligible for funding, should visit Cumbria Community Foundation’s website www.cumbriafoundation.org or speak to the grants team on 01900 825760.